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“Another great stay at the Outer Banks Motor Lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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1509 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948   |  
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Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills
North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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“Another great stay at the Outer Banks Motor Lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was our second stay at the Motor Lodge. We chose to stay again based on our first visit. In my previous review, I called the place dated when I should have said it has a Retro feel. My family loves the experience of staying at such a charming place. The Motor Lodge is extremely clean. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Taking two steps from your first floor room onto the beach is unbeatable. The Motor Lodge is convenient to restaurant, stores, and the main road yet it is tucked away nicely. The beach was never crowded. We will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Belleville, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

To be clear, we chose the Outer Banks Motor Lodge primarily due to its attractive price point for a motel right on the ocean. We also liked that it was a small family run motel rather than a chain and that the rooms seemed like a good value compared to the chains. Our King Efficiency room was spacious but had a strong smell of cleanser that was simply off-putting. We didn't complain but thinking about it now, I wish we'd mentioned it. The bed was old and not the most comfortable. The unit itself was clean but, as many have said, dated. There is some charm in it for sure, I loved the old school fridge for instance but not so much the rust in the tub and kitchen sink. Overall, I think they could do a better job of maintaining the small things and still have that old school vibe and still offer value. As it was, the motel was on the cusp of being a bit of a dive which is unfortunate because a little more attention to detail would make it a really cool spot to stay. Staff were friendly upon check-in and out, no issues there and yes, the location is great. It was also nice and quiet in the evening! It also rained during our weekend there so we had more time to notice things in the room perhaps.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Have always enjoyed our stays here! Cannot beat the view of the ocean! Would like to see a few upgrades to the efficiencies, very few utensils and the stove eyes were unlevel due to so much aluminum foil on them. Will still continue to stay here, staff is always cordial & helpful!

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Hampton, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We spent a long weekend in pet-friendly efficiency #40. The room was big, with tile floors that are perfect when traveling with a dog. The best feature of this room is the private porch overlooking the swimming pool. The ocean access is amazing.

The property is cute; old, but well maintained. But we did have a couple of complaints. The stove in our unit had a couple of burners out. During our 4-day stay, housekeeping never once supplied us with toilet paper - I had to go to the office and ask. There is a wi-fi signal, but it's very weak.

I would definitely go back and recommend the Outer Banks Motor Lodge to anyone who wants a great value at the beach.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

By all means, DO IT!!! Stay at this property whenever you visit the Outer Banks, especially if you prefer the motor lodge experience as opposed to the hotel chain groove. Over the past 20+ years, my wife and I have stayed at a property near MP 10 on the Beach Road, but they closed at the beginning of the year. The OBXML is our new spot to stay! By far, the best beach access we've found.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Just returned from our third weeklong stay at OBX Motor Lodge. This is not a shiny new property, but rather vintage Outer Banks charm. The ground floor rooms walk out onto the beach, very few properties in all of the Outer Banks have such an unobstructed view and easy beach access. The staff is always cordial and accommodating. The clientele is always exceptional, each year we meet great people who enjoy the "beach atmosphere"
We'll be back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lorain, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have stayed at this hotel since I was a young child - and there is nowhere else I would rather stay. Yes, the rooms are outdated and need some work...... However, we are out on the porch or down at the beach from before sunrise until after sunset. The beach is just right there! Our last visit was during Hurricane Arthur's visit as well. The staff kept us up to date, provided flashlights and emergency numbers, and just made us feel comfortable. I am not looking for high class Hilton.....I am looking for a great place to sit and visit with my extended family and friends. This has been it for over 40 years now!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Outer Banks Motor Lodge

Address: 1509 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Kill Devil Hills
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#2 Family Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kill Devil Hills
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a world of sand, surf, sun and fun at The Outer Banks Motor Lodge, a quaint oceanfront motel nestled on the beach in Kill Devil Hills. We are conveniently located and easy to find, with several restaurants within walking distance; close to all the OBX attractions in nearby Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Duck and Roanoke Island. Our motel offers an inviting family atmosphere, warm hospitality, a friendly staff and clean spacious oceanfront lodging. There are a wide variety of rooms to choose from – including oceanfront, poolside, efficiencies and pet friendly-rooms. Our rates are affordable and a great value. The Outer Banks Motor Lodge offers many great amenities. Enjoy our beautiful beaches, the outdoor pool and our picnic and playground area, free wireless internet, guest laundry & vending. Family owned and operated, we know you will enjoy your stay. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Outer Banks Motor Hotel Kill Devil Hills
Outer Banks Hotel
Outer Banks Motel
Outer Banks Motor Lodge NC - Kill Devil Hills

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